Local Community & Sustainable Tourism

Locals

Macaronis Resort is dedicated to the enhancement and support of the local communities and environment. One of the major issues facing Indonesia is poverty, which is spread across its many islands. The existence of remote island resorts, like Macaronis, are able to offer these communities an enormous amount of support.

The nearest village, Silabu Village, is a Protestant Christian community with approximately 400 indigenous inhabitants located approximately 20km from Sikakap, only connected by walking track that can also be crossed on a motor bike taking about 1.5 hours. The village is mainly traditional due to its remote location. The only reason the villagers have had any contact with the outside world is through Christian missionaries that converted them to Christianity in the early 1900′s, and more recently due to the Mentawai waves and their popularity among visiting surfers.

Local Village Support

In 2004 Macaronis Resort agreed to donate $1.50/guest/day toward Silabu Village Community projects. This amounts to approximately $250 donation per week when the resort is fully booked.

Macaronis Resort has also contributed approximately $5,000 toward completion of Silabu Church in year 2004, $2,000 for purchase of a new generator for the village in year 2005, and a further $4,000 was used to provide electricity to each village home in 2006 (providing lighting and a power point to each family home). In addition, Macaronis Resort funded survey and partial construction of a road from the local village to the resort.

These are just some of the projects we have supported along the way to assist the local community, apart from regular assistance put toward Christian and Youth groups, and providing regular donations to the local school. Apart from the financial support, it has been primarily the resort development and day to day work opportunities, either at the resort or supplying it, that have given the most positive impact upon the local community.

In 2011, Macaronis Resort contributed a further $15,000 to Tumalea Village from donations received after the October 2010 tsunami.Click Here to View Donation Breakdown, Project Photos & Details.

Charter Boat Moorings

Introduction of the Twin Mooring Buoy system at Macaronis, generating income to the village of Rp.300.000 per buoy / per day, has further increased economic benefit to the local community (recently taken over by Mentawai Government). Click here for current info on Mooring use

News & Updates

Silabu Village Sewage Project Launch

Macaronis Resort has launched a new sewage installation project that will provide each of approximately 180 homes in Silabu Village with a toilet and septic tanks for each house hold.

A huge THANK YOU to the W Y Hubert Foundation who have donated USD $5000, Ted Scarrett who donated USD $500,  Rip Curl who have committed to donate Rp.30.000.000, and Surfing Doctors who have donated a further Rp.30.000.000 to assist in this project coming to fruition.